In this episode of Healing at the Edge, RamDev dives deeply into the subjects of devotion and faith, plus leads a guided meditation that incorporates a practice called guru yoga.
Devotion & Faith
RamDev explores how we can begin to deepen our sense of devotion and faith simply by being willing to receive. He talks about how devotion brings energy and interest to our spiritual practice, and about the opportunity of dying into love. He reveals the hidden beauty of Kali and explains the meaning of tantric devotion, where everything is a form of divine consciousness.
“In the heart stage, the practice is beginning to change; now we have this relationship going on. It’s like having a lover that’s always there, and it’s the best lover you could ever imagine. It’s the perfect lover, because it’s everything. The Beloved can only be everything. We then have this opportunity of surrendering into love, dying into love.” – RamDev
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Non-Dual Devotion (21:30)
RamDev shifts into an exploration of non-dual devotion, and how our true nature is the same as that of the Buddha. He talks about the radical surrender into love and wholeness, how non-dual devotion is best practiced in short bursts, and why it’s important to love the chaos we encounter on a daily basis. God can be ruthless with what’s brought to us on the spiritual path. RamDev answers a few questions about this dharma talk.
“Tantric devotion, and then non-dual devotion, can’t happen until we feel strong and empowered enough, and embodied enough, to deal with Kali and her destructive nature.” – RamDev
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Guru Yoga Meditation (41:25)
RamDev leads a guided meditation that is centered on devotion and faith. This meditation, called guru yoga, is a practice where we imagine a guru or deity in front of us and begin to completely merge with this being. From this place of innate openness, we feel compassion for self, and compassion for all other beings.
“What are you willing to reach out for? What are you willing to be touched by?” – RamDev